Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee: Otis Clay stars in Martin Shore’s Memphis, TN Music Narrative.
“The young people are seeing and hearing this music, and they’re saying, ‘Wow, we love it!’” “Because now they know where it really came from.” – Otis Clay (Bluesmusicmag.com)
Relatively few soul artists are more sultry after almost a half century of making records and featuring incalculable shows than in the early phases of their professions, however that is exactly the case with Otis Clay. The Chicago soul legend holds the supercharged gospel-controlled pipes that he unleashed on his 1972 hit “Live My Life Without You” and incalculable more R&b classics, and he’s busier than any other time in the studio and out and about, bringing his red hot brand of soul to a few eras of passionate fans.
Otis Clay is featured in the 2014 Memphis, TN music narrative, “Take Me To The River”, directed by Martin Shore, showcasing an aggregation of southern soul legends (counting Bobby Rush, William Bell, and the late Bobby “Blue” Bland) joining with new generation rappers to show how the locale’s indigenous music has changed through the decades.
Clay’s new CD “Truth Is”, released on his own label, Echo collaborates with old friends, producer/arranger Tom Tom Washington and songwriter Darryl Carter, in a veritable feast of warm, intimate old school soul.
Otis Clay’s profile couldn’t excel much higher than it is right now. He’s recently been co-starring with Bobby Rush, William Bell, Snoop Dog, and an unforeseen of youthful rappers on an arrangement of shows in conjunction of Take Me To The River, the revue performing in South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and Brooklyn Bowl in London. Doesn’t matter if Clay is in the north, south, east, or west regions, the response is overwhelmingly positive.